At Rod Stelter Jeweler, we are enchanted with the finely detailed craftsmanship of Native American silver and turquoise jewelry. On this page we honor the artisans in our collection with photos and information on their silver work. Heritage is important to us and we're proud to offer fine silver turquoise jewelry rich with Native American history.
AUTHENTIC SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACES
Rich in Ancient Culture
Naja is the Navajo word for “crescent”. Early najas were cast or hammered pendants that were decorated with chiseled or stamped designs. When the Spanish came to the American Southwest, the Navajo borrowed this symbol for their own jewelry.
Squash blossom beads were named for their likeness to a squash blossom. The typical necklace has six squash blossom beads on either side. In the beginning, squash blossom necklaces were made entirely out of silver. Beginning in the 1900s, artists began to incorporate turquoise, coral, and other materials into their designs. Sometimes dimes and quarters were used.
Squash blossom necklaces are one of the most popular pieces being made today. There are many inauthentic and low-quality pieces available for sale. Our squash blossom necklaces are crafted by Native American artists and are of the highest quality.